Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump's paper hints at deal to share burden on refugees with Mexico

Trump's paper hints at deal to share burden on refugees with Mexico

He has suggested that the US and Mexico agreed to things beyond what was written in the joint declaration Friday announcing Mexico would deploy thousands of national police to the border region, and would host some Central Americans who reached the USA but whom American authorities want to make wait outside the country as their immigration cases proceed.

He continued to hammer the point that until recently there was no arrangement with Mexico.

What has Mexico said about the deal?

Migrants from Honduras cross the Rio Bravo river to enter illegally into the United States to turn themselves in to request asylum in El Paso, Texas, seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico June 11, 2019. The president refused to share details of what was on that piece of paper.

Scrutiny of the text, not all of which is visible, shows how Mexico would also look at its legislation to enable it to become a safe third country if need be.

Mexican foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard has gradually announced more commitments his country made to stave off Trump's threat of tariffs, noting Tuesday Mexico must improve its border infrastructure with Guatemala as part of the agreement.

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Three Mexican officials said Saturday they were not aware of any side accord in the works, and that agricultural trade hadn't been discussed during three days of negotiations in Washington that culminated in a joint communique late Friday.

He has called for denying citizenship to US-born children whose parents are without documents, and authorised law enforcement officials to investigate the immigration status of anyone they stopped.

That is different from a long-standing USA demand that Mexico be declared a safe place for asylum seekers, requiring them to seek refuge in Mexico if they passed through the country on the way to the US. In an apparent reference to the regional asylum concept, he said the United States was also talking to Brazil, Central American nations and Panama.

Mr Ebrard also said U.S. negotiators had wanted Mexico to commit to "zero migrants" crossing its territory, but that was "mission impossible". "We'll only move on to that if it's necessary", Pence told the Fox News Channel's "Special Report with Bret Baier" on Monday.

"Mexico is doing a great job at the border, really helping us", he said.

Ebrard told a news conference on Monday that Trump was referring to possible further measures to pressure countries other than the USA to share the burden. "We have been trying to get some of these Border Actions for a long time, as have other administrations, but were not able to get them, or get them in full, until our signed agreement with Mexico", Trump tweeted.

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